Philips CX50 Ultrasound Machine

The Philips CX50 launched in 2009 as the first Philips portable ultrasound and the most advanced portable ultrasound machine in the world. It continues to this day as the only truly premium portable ultrasound with support for both PureWave single crystal and xMatrix transducers, something no other portable ultrasound machine has as of 2016. The CX50 is a shared service ultrasound machine equally capable in radiology and OB/GYN as in cardiovascular applications. The only thing it will not do is 4D for OB/GYN applications. The Philips CX50 can offer 4D for Cardiac applications via the X7-2t xMatrix probe. The compact size of the CX50 means it fits well in surgical, emergency and point of care situations where room is tight and mobility important. All versions of the CX50 except the initial A.0 revision are very stable and reliable. If you are looking for the most powerful portable ultrasound machine with the best imaging and most advanced features then the Philips CX50 is what you’re looking for.



Philips CX50 Specifications

Up to 504,576 digitally-processed channels

Next-generation all-digital compact broadband beamformer with pulse shaping capability

Image presentation: Depth from 1 cm to 30 cm (transducer dependent)

Up to 170 dB full time system dynamic range

Philips CX50 Electrical Power

Voltage: 100-240V
Frequency: 50/60 Hz
Amperage: 2.65A MAX
Heat dissipation: 700-1100 BTU/hour (fully loaded)
Operation range: 10°C – 40°C operating in 15-95% relative humidity

Philips CX50 Dimensions & Weight

Height: 86 mm (3.4 in)
Width: 413 mm (16.25 in)
Depth: 356 mm (14 in)
Weight: 7.3 kg (16.2 lbs.), approx. 43 lbs. with packaging



Philips CX50 hardware revisions

The Philips CX50 was launched in 2009 as a high level, shared service, cardiac strong portable ultrasound machine. This first unit used A.0 revision hardware and ran Windows XP as the software platform. The next revision, with an upgrade to B.0 hardware, implemented a new more powerful ComEx motherboard that ran Windows 7. While the CX50 has changed little in its external aspects , the CX50’s reliability and stability showed a marked increase with the introduction of its B Revision unit.

Philips CX50 software revisions

As time progresses, Philips releases new software updates and with each new options are added. The latest version of the CX50 has added many powerful options such as Live 3D and Live xPlane, useable on the x7-2t TEE transducer. While it does not have as of yet a 4D transthoracic probe, the transesophageal probe does have the 4D cardiac capability.

Revisions of the Philips CX50

Philips CX50 (Rev A) with 1.1 to Vision 2013 software
Philips CX50 (Rev B) with Vision 2010 to Vision 2013 software

Philips CX50 Vision2013 software

Vision2013 Version 3.01 added the following twelve options to the Philips CX50:
3D Fetal Echo STIC
Digital Navigation Link 2D
Digital Navigation Link 3D
Live 3D
Live xPlane
Pediatric Echo
Pediatric Radiology
Qlab 3DQ
Qlab 3DQA
Qlab CMQ replaces TMQ
Qlab MVQ

Vision2013 software version 3.1 added the following two options to the Philips CX50:
Abdominal Vascular
Needle Visualization

Common configurations of the CX50

  • Philips CX50 with 3 transducers

For General imaging (GI) and Women’s health, a standard configuration might include:

  • C5-1 PureWave Convex
  • C10-3v PureWave Endovaginal
  • L12-5 Wide HF Linear



  • Philips CX50 with 3 transducers

For a cardiac/shared service configuration, doctors will frequently request:

S5-1 PureWave Cardiac Sector

S8-3 Pediatric Cardiac

L12-3 Linear

Probe Profile:

The Philips CX50 has available the following probes:

PureWave Convex C5-1 [ 1 – 5 MHz ] 160 elements, 70° field of view
Microconvex C8-5 [ 5 – 8 MHz ] 128 elements, 90° field of view, 22.4mm

PureWave Endovaginal C10-3v [ 5 – 8 MHz ] 128 elements, 11.5mm, 130° field of view
Curved intraoperative C9-3io [ 3 – 9 MHz ] 128 elements, 25mm

Linear L12-3 [ 3 – 12 MHz ] 160 elements, 38mm
Linear L12-5 50mm [ 5 – 12 MHz ] 256 elements, 50mm field of view
Linear L15-7io [ 5 – 15 MHz ] 128 elements, 22mm
Laparoscopic L10-4lap [ 4 – 10 MHz ] 128 elements
PureWave Cardiac sector S5-1 [ 1 – 5 MHz ] 80 elements, 20.3mm
Pediatric cardiac sector S8-3 [ 3 – 8 MHz ] 96 elements, 15.4mm, 90° field of view
Neonatal cardiac sector S12-4 [ 4 – 12 MHz ] 96 elements, 9.8mm, 90° field of view

PureWave xMATRIX TEE X7-2t [ 2 – 7 MHz ] 2,500 elements
ViewFlex Xtra catheter [ 4.5 – 8.5 MHz ] 64 elements, 120° field of view (for ICE)

Pedoff (CW Transducer) D2cwc [ 2 MHz ] Adult cardiology applications
Pedoff (CW Transducer) D5cwc [ 5 MHz ] Deep venous and arterial applications

Advanced CX50 Transducers: PureWave & xMatrix

The Philips CX50 has high definition/advanced transducers making this portable ultrasound machine a valid alternative for clinics using console based units but who want a portable in its stead. It is capable of using three single crystal PureWave transducers including the C5-1 convex, the C10-3v endovaginal, and the S5-1 adult cardiac probe. Single crystal transducers are able to significantly improve image quality even at deep penetration, something very important when scanning large patients. Single crystal transducers are rare on portable units, but the CX 50 shares its probes with the premium level units including the Affiniti and the Epiq ultrasound units. The Philips CX50 also can use the X7-2t xMatrix TEE probe which has excellent image quality and can image across multiple planes at once as well being able to image in 4D mode.

Popular Philips CX50 Transducers

The amazing C5-1 PureWave convex and the S5-1 PureWave cardiac sector are the most popular transducers for the CX50 providing excellent imaging even on heavier patients. The [ 3 – 12 MHz ] L12-3 is the most popular linear for the CX50 as it offers the best blend of scanning possibilities and is the most affordable linear.


How the CX50 compares with other Philips systems

The Philips CX50 was launched in 2009 as the first Philips portable ultrasound machine. In late 2011 Philips also launched the CX30 as a lower priced portable that looked nearly identical on the outside but used less expensive transducers and had no access to PureWave or the X7-2t TEE. The CX30 was later discontinued in 2014. The Philips Visiq tablet portable was launched in 2014 at a much lower price point and feature set. The Philips CX50 remains the most advanced portable in the Philips lineup.

Applications training for Philips CX50

Available for onsite applications.

Maintenance for Philips CX50

Depot warranty available. We recommends for all units that a surge protector  and a dedicated power outlet be used to protect your investment. Probes should be disinfected after every use.

Additional information


General Imaging, Cardiology, Vascular, EM & Critical Care








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